In a development that both depresses most people and surprises no one, the UN Population Fund released a study this week showing that decades of sex-selection have created serious gender imbalances in Asia. The author's prediction? Mass male migration, or a further increase in sex-trafficking — but not that girls might themselves become valued members of society in their own right. Just because good women are scarce doesn't mean that people will change their minds about their social value — they'll just import more women for prostitution (willingly or unwillingly). What a wonderful world. [UN Population Fund, The Sydney Morning Herald]
@doxastic: It's not just sexual frustration (as in the failure to satisfy a desire for pleasure) but I also reproductive frustration. In a patriarchal society where names and property are passed down the male line, and where the most important thing for a man to do is have offspring, desperation — and the rage that invariably accompanies any kind of male impotence — are never far behind. I read an article recently that described how men are more docile in monogamous societies than polygamous ones, because they're more likely to get a chance to reproduce.
I realize this frames women as babymakers and sexual satisfiers, but any other response would require such men to learn some self-control and otherwise get over themselves, and goodness knows we can't have that.